What polls say about the state of American patriotism

As we celebrate Independence Day tomorrow, AEI Public Opinion Expert Karlyn Bowman and researcher Andrew Rugg have published a new piece on the state of American patriotism.  Despite 77% of Americans reporting dissatisfaction with the way the things are going in the United States in a June Gallup poll, Americans remain very patriotic.


Among the highlights:

 

  • "I am very patriotic":  In a Pew Research poll this spring, 88% of respondents agreed with this statement.  This is nearly identical to the 89% that agreed the first time Pew asked the question in 1987.

 

  • America has the best government: In a 2011 Washington Post poll, 77% said that the U.S. has the best system of government in the world.  Only 21% disagreed.

 

  • America is the best place to live: Last year in a Fox News poll, 84% of registered voters reported the U.S. was the best country in which to live.  Over a three year international Gallup survey, 23% of potential migrants named the U.S. as their desired future residence.  The United Kingdom and Canada were a distant second.

 

Karlyn Bowman can be reached at [email protected] or 202.862.5910 (research assistant [email protected] or 202.862.5917).

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